Rebney acknowledges that, despite an impressive sports pedigree, he and co-founder Brad Epstein lack any direct experience in MMA. And he does not disagree with Frank Shamrock’s statement to MMAPayout.com that experience is essential to the success of any promotion. In response he has recruited a team including former King of the Cage fighters Matt Stansell and Jeff Clark. “They’ve fought inside the cage and have worked on the promotional end, promoting and managing fighters,” he says.
Thanks to their efforts, Bellator has signed “a good number” of fighters from Japan, Brazil, Russia, the U.S. and Western Europe, including 155 pounder Eddie Alvarez and light heavyweight Dave Herman. “UFC’s done a terrific job,” says Rebney, “but the fact that highly talented fighters like Eddie, who are charismatic, articulate and dedicated, are available is a misstep that we’ve been able to capitalize on.”
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Bellator Fighting Championships, a first-of-its-kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of former Cuban Olympian Hector “Shango” Lombard. Lombard will compete in the Middleweight (185 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, which premiere on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009 and run for 12 weeks every Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Bellator Fighting Championships, a first of its kind Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion, officially announced today the exclusive signing of undefeated MMA fighter Lyman Good. As the newest addition to the Welterweight (170 lb.) division of Bellator’s tournament style events, which premiere on ESPN Deportes April 4, 2009, Good may be the division’s wildcard. Training at a New Jersey branch of the world-renowned Tiger Schulmann gym, Good brings strength and tremendous striking down to the Welterweight division after fighting much of his undefeated career at Middleweight (185 lb.).
Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights. The nationally televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.
Bellator Fighting Championship Participants:
Eddie Alvarez (15-2)
Jorge Masdival (16-3)
Wilson Reis (6-0)
Hector Lombard (17-2)
Lyman Good (7-0)
War Machine (6-2)
Diego “El Nino” Garijo (3-1)
Dave Herman (13-1)
Thanks to smoogy:
List of rumoured participants
As compiled by me:
185lbs: Paulo Filho, Virgil Lazano, Edwin Aguilar, Hector Lombard, Daniel Tabera
170lbs: Lyman Good, War Machine, Toby Imada, Norman Paraisay, Omar De La Cruz, Daniel Morales
155lbs: Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal, Thomas Schulte, Nick Gonzalez, Joe Soto
145lbs: Wilson Reis, Ben Greer, Sami Aziz